Here are 7 takeaways from the redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation
- After a two-year Russia investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller released his findings. On April 18, 2019, the Department of Justice released a redacted version of the full report.
- A major takeaway from the report was that Trump's advisors played a big role in stopping the president from obstructing justice.
- Mueller's investigation established multiple connections between Russia-linked individuals and members of the Trump campaign, but did not find sufficient evidence for criminal conspiracy.
- Watch the video above to see the seven takeaways from the report.
Following is a transcript of the video.
After a nearly two-year investigation, the special counsel Robert Mueller released his findings. On April 18, 2019, the Department of Justice released a redacted version of the 448-page report.
Here are 7 details the Mueller report revealed about Trump
1. "This is the end of my Presidency. I'm f---ed."
According to Jody Hunt's notes, when Jeff Sessions told Trump that a special counsel was appointed to investigate the election, the president slumped back in his chair and said, "Oh my God, This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I'm f----ed."
2. The Trump campaign had multiple links to RussiaMueller's investigation established multiple contacts between Russia-linked individuals and members of the Trump campaign. However, it did not find sufficient evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy.
3. Trump advisors played a big role in stopping the president from obstructing justice
Mueller found that Trump's "efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful... because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders."
In one instance, former campaign advisors declined to deliver a message to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions telling him he should restrict the Russia investigation to cover only future election-meddling.
4. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted to making false claims to the press
In May 2017, Sanders told the press that she'd "heard from countless members of the FBI" who were happy Trump fired then-FBI director James Comey. But Sanders admitted to the office of special counsel that her comments were "not founded on anything."
5. Trump directed campaign associates to find Hillary Clinton's deleted emails
Michael Flynn told the special counsel that Trump asked people affiliated with his campaign to find deleted Clinton emails.
6. Trump pressured then-White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller
In early 2018, the press reported that Trump ordered Mueller's removal. Trump pressured McGahn to deny the reports and "create a record stating he had not been ordered to have the special counsel removed." McGahn rejected this request and confirmed the media reports were true.